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Three Officers Shot in Apparent Ambush

Three Officers Shot in Apparent Ambush

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Associated Press

May 11, 2010

ROSWELL, N.M. —A man accused of wounding three Roswell police officers and killing two other people had been released from jail less than two hours before the early Monday shooting spree, a detention center official said.

Chaves County Detention Center administrator Alfonso Solis said David Vega, 47, was arrested for a petty misdemeanor involving a domestic dispute shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday. Vega paid a $300 bond and was released around 12:30 a.m. Monday.

At about 2 a.m., officers responded to a domestic call at the same house and Vega opened fire on them as he came out of the home.

“It appears that he had planned some sort of ambush,” police spokesman Travis Holley said.

Vega was hit when the officers returned fire, and he was flown to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. His condition was not released.

State police have him in custody at the hospital, Holley said.

The officers’ wounds were “somewhat superficial” and all three are expected to make a full recovery, Holley said. Two were treated at a Roswell hospital and released, while the third remained at the hospital.

When police entered the home after the shooting, they found two dead adults. The victims were not immediately identified, but Holley said it appeared they were related to Vega.

“This investigation is very, very fresh,” Holley said. “We’re withholding all the names involved because it does appear to be a family situation.”


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    RANGER_ONE_TX

    almost 4 years ago

    4610 Comments

    Those who were wounded, I wish a full and speedy recovery...

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    farrell1963

    almost 4 years ago

    108 Comments

    God, not another ambush. At first I thought it was a new detail about the coffee shop shootings of a few months ago. When are these senseless slaughters going to stop? Or, are they? I would say officers who are murdered are the most innocent victims in any case. They're only going according to procedure - they have no vendetta, they have no real interest in whether or not someone is imprisoned, they are foot soldiers representing those that make and uphold the laws.

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    Vendetta7

    almost 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    Phantan74 wrote: "As for the murderer, It would be my first instinct to want him to rot in hell, but that would bring myself down to his level. I believe that we should all pray that God will have mercy on his soul."

    Personally, I'm fine with bringing myself to his level. I can live with that just fine and won't lose a second of sleep over it. Mercy is for God. I'm human. I hope he rots in pain and agony. F-Ball pos!

    *** Not attacking you Phantan74, just giving my opinion. Your post was just a catalyst, that's all.

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    kadan

    almost 4 years ago

    626 Comments

    I think tdmugan76 has the right idea, IF he has a history of this he certainly shouldn't have bonded out. Maybe he will not recover from his wounds saving the State a trial and incarceration monies.

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    tdmugan76

    almost 4 years ago

    498 Comments

    One good reason that at the county I work at noone can bond out on Family Violence arrests until the next day after seeing the JP.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Ya never know. I am glad that the Officers wounds were no fatal. Its sad when someone takes any life but especially the life of your own family. I would like to hear more about this one as the investigation ends.

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    shearmanator

    almost 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    I recently attended a class at Artesia with several officers from roswell and know they are a great group of men and women. I am glad no one was killed or seriously hurt. Keep up the good work, WATCH EACH OTHERS SIX. We in Georgia know of the tragedy of an ambush from this past weekend as we mourn the loss of Rockdale Officer Mahaffey.

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    rebel911wi

    almost 4 years ago

    450 Comments

    WOW!!!! Who dorked the pooch on this one?

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    GIceman29

    almost 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    Tragic simply tragic! Hopefully those who were wounded will recover to full health!

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    357magnum

    almost 4 years ago

    406 Comments

    Sounds like the ball was dropped. Shoulda put the jackass on a 24 hr. and let him sit before allowing to bond. 20/20 hindsight

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    Roybyers

    almost 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    My thoughts and prayers are wit the victimes and thers families. Get well soon wit god speed. As far as the shooter hope you rot in hell.

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    trueblue12

    almost 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    The guilty and mentally ill go free everyday because we have a ineffective disfunctional , indifferent goverment.

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    Canival9885

    almost 4 years ago

    380 Comments

    Hopefully the life support equipement doesn't work properly

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    copper5817

    almost 4 years ago

    892 Comments

    get well soon...

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    NorthernCop

    almost 4 years ago

    132 Comments

    All I can say is what a piece of Sh#%$#$T! Great job officers

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